1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great course in a great park.
Beautiful, beautiful, old trees dot the course. Well-manicured grass. Easy to jump around in order to skip past large groups, although locals are pretty cool (much better than at Huntington Beach) about letting singles and quick pairs play through.
I love how different the front 9 is from the back 9. The former has a lot of tight tree groupings, with fairly low-hanging branches, while the latter has more of the massive (ash?) trees and is more affected by the wind conditions.
My favorite hole is #4 because it has the tight tree grouping, but with a window just wide enough to squeeze through a drive, if you're accurate.
Cons: Not a lot of elevation change, but the course uses the little bit it has well (elevated tees on #13 and #16).
Other Thoughts: On hole #12, there's an optional pin that permanently sits 723 feet away, if you're inclined to really challenge yourself. When I played the other day, the pin was in the 549 ft location, which is terribly tough for a Par 3, especially considering that the path/road going right down the middle of the fairway is OB and then just to the right of that is a massive tree. To get your drive right of the OB, but under the tree's branches is pretty challenging.
- Holes 15-17 have some pretty bumpy terrian due to wind erosion and the wildlife living underground.
- Holes 7 & 8 are good for practicing rollers.
- Aside from 15-17, it's not too hard to push a stroller here, which I've done multiple times and seen many other dads do.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Easy Parking
-Well Marked, easy to follow layout
-Varied hole legnths
Cons: -Random people wandering through holes
Other Thoughts: Really nothing to complain about aside from a few Long Beach bums who decided to camp right in front of one tee box...Really enjoyed the challenge of the holes on the front 9, lots of opportunities to show off my lack of skill at rolling discs. Not really close to my house but will be coming back down for sure.
Also thanks to the tree climbing local that rescued some of our plastic on #8!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Diverse and Technical
Pros: The Disc Golf Course is located around the tennis courts at El Dorado Park in Long Beach (ElDo). This is a well kept course where the baskets are moved regularly to keep the game fresh every time you go.
I enjoy the diversity of the ElDo. The front nine are very technical and will challenge you with heavily wooded areas. The low ceiling trees give the ground rollers a slight advantage on baskets 7 and eight. but I have seen some tomahawk throws over the trees that were very accurate; it is doable. The first basket on the front nine is a short drive, but is also heavily wooded. A low, solid drive RHBH to weave dog-leg left will get the disc in "Birdie" range.
Baskets 3, 4, 5, and 6 play along the Northwest parameter of the park (Studebaker and Spring). These play a bit challenging against some trees and rolling hills. This front nine is in great condition and the trees make for a pleasant hike.
The Back 9 are all about distance and weaving around older thick tree trunks. 10 - 14 are my favorite to play. Watch out for the MONSTER 12. If your feeling ambitious it has a 723ft basket that they keep out there, and they still count it as a par 3 (good luck). The other basket on 12 switches off between 366ft. and 549ft.
I like the "Pro-Shop" here. It does have a wide selection of Innova discs and bags. The DG shop shares space with the racket shop. The guys working the register know more about tennis though.
The bathrooms are in the pro shop and are very clean.
Cons: If your just starting out in the sport this is not the best course to play at. After about six months of practice on less technical courses, this would be a good one to stretch you.
Lots of gopher holes. If your not careful walking through the course you might twist an ankle in the plethora of gopher homes. Its like a resort for those rodents; per-verbal Swiss cheese in some areas.
Other Thoughts: If you want a challenging course to up up game Eldorado is the place to go. Good luck and have fun!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: all round great place to play, anything from short to long shots. lots of trees to dodge. one thing that i really love about this place is you can use ever throw from a back hand to a tomahawk. they usually change the baskets about every weeks too witch its nice almost like you got a whole new place to play every weeks
Cons: can really think of any. some trees might eat your disc so keep them low!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
nice park course
Pros: OVERALL FUN FACTOR (16% weight) - 4 - A fun course to play and locals all look like they're having fun
COURSE DESIGN (14% weight) - 3 - good use of existing trees and obstacles in the park
SIGNS/MAPS/MARKERS (11% weight) - 3 - Signs were good, but no "next tee" signs pointing to the next hole. A couple were tricky.
TEE PADS (8% weight) - 5 - nice concrete tees
ELEVATION (8% weight) - 4 - the limited hills in the park were used well in the course - one blind hole.
SCENIC BEAUTY (8% weight) - 3 - a nice, well kept city park
BASKETS (5% weight) - 5 - baskets in great shape
DISTANCE VARIETY (5% weight) - 3.5 - nothing super short - but good variety
SHOT VARIETY (5% weight) - 5 - course makes you use FH, BH, rollers, thumbers to do well. A strong point.
FOLIAGE MAINTENANCE (3% weight) - 5 - very well kept and grass mown
MIX OF TIGHT AND OPEN (3% weight) - 3 - a relatively open park, but course makes good use of trees
OVERALL CHALLENGE (3% weight) - 4 - I was expectign it to be easier than it was
PARKING (%g weight) - 5 - plenty of free parking
Cons: EPIC HOLES (5% weight) - 2 - no holes stick out as extra exciting
BENCHES / TRASH BINS (3% weight) - 2 - There were benches and trash cans in the park, but not many specific to the disc golf course
CROWDED? (3% weight) - 2 - i played on weekday afternoons and it was crowded even then. Weekends must be rough.
Other Thoughts: Played with a local DGCR guy - had fun
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Eldo is a technical course with tall trees and short grass. There are a variety of basket locations for each hole and baskets are moved often. Even though the course is free to play it remains relatively uncrowded aside from a few locals and an occasional beginner group.
Cons: Cons? It's hard to think of anything bad about this course.
Other Thoughts: The course has a few holes with low trees but the short grass gives big skips. A sidearm shot can be very handy here as long as you plan for the skips.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 'Eldo' is nice course that is easily walkable due to the flat grassy terrain. The tee pad placement is intuitive and well marked making it easy to navigate the course. There are very few mandatories which makes any route a good route as long as you avoid the O.B. walkways. There are two practice baskets at the beginning of the course and one of them has several markers around it, which makes warm ups a bit more fun. Has a pro shop if you need refreshment or a new disc.
Cons: The baskets are a mixture of age, type and condition. The flight path from the first tee crosses a walkway which is frequently used by the local tennis players. Usually windy in the afternoon.
Other Thoughts: This course does not qualify as great because the course does not offer enough diversity. Every shot is thrown over manicured grass, which is nice but becomes a little boring. The flatness of the course can also become redundant.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid 18 Holes
Pros: - Well maintained course in a DG exclusive park.
- Good use of obstacles, mature trees offer a good challenge that force you to chose a tight shot under the trees or a long bomb over the tree line.
- Navigation is easy, signs are well marked.
- The course has a great vibe, you can tell that this course is well loved by the locals. There is always a good turnout however it doesn't get so crowded that you have to wait on every hole.
-There is a great mix of holes offering a great variety of shots depending on the pin positions which are moved regularly. The back 9 offers some open longer holes including the 723' monster hole.
- This is a great course to learn shots that you may not normally need, most importantly a roller. This is a great place to refine your roller skills.
- Tees are in great shape, with bathrooms onsite.
Cons: Not a lot to hate about this course. It is very flat however they make use of any available elevation change.
Some holes can be a bit short depending on the pin position, especially in the front.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course and is definitely worth the trip if you are in the area. It is unique to other courses in the area with the trees that force either accurate low shots or huge throws over the top.
It is an all around fun course that offers a decent challenge but remains relatively forgiving.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: nice map of course in the tennis shop, good mix of hole distances, some really long, easy parking well maintained
Cons: alot of people playing in large groups, really really close to the street on a few holes, some trees thank make shots a little harder then needed, layout confusing even with map,
Other Thoughts: only played once, wont go out of my way to go back but if in the area with my disc would def stop by and play some holes, most players seem to be beginers
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - El Dorado's park-style course plays alongside other park amenities such as tennis courts. The course is mostly grassy with mature trees throughout providing obstacles. A few mandatories further complicate matters.
- Alternative pin positions switch up holes from short, medium, and long placements and often drastically change the feel of any given hole. El Dorado is usually set up in a mix of half short, half long, although they are sometimes set all long or all short (they were all short during my round). Some of the long positions looked positively daunting for all but the biggest of arms.
- A decent mix of slightly more technical holes (requiring accuracy) and longer open holes (requiring distance).
- Brushed concrete tees in mostly great shape.
- Good signage w/ all pin positions listed (sometimes slightly inaccurate or misrepresentative but otherwise stellar).
- Decent flow despite being crammed into a smallish multi-use park area.
- Two practice baskets near hole one.
- Benches, trashcans, bathrooms, and water fountains throughout the layout. Tennis shop sells drinks and has clean bathrooms.
- This course is almost as flat as they thought the world to be in the 14th century, but the few rises in elevation are implemented to decent effect.
Cons: - El Dorado can get crowded. Expect to be backed up on busy days.
- A few holes seem to crowd each other. Watch out for errant discs from other holes.
- Very little risk/reward (especially for the shorter pins). Not much here to force risky, high-reward shots.
Other Thoughts: - Not the flashiest or most challenging of courses (especially with all pins short) but a very solid option for locals. Don't go out of your way to play here, but if you are in the area, El Dorado can easily satisfy the urge to disc. With the large trees and grassy fairways, the vibe El Dorado gives off is that of a bustling city course that does its best to give the illusion of playing in the country. It largely succeeds.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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